* “State’s big payout from video gaming still less than predicted” was a recent Sun-Times headline.
Well, yeah, there’s a reason for that. Chicago hasn’t opted into video gaming. Otherwise, the machines are doing pretty well…
State officials predicted each machine would net between $70 and $90 in revenue every day. The average so far is $94, records show.
By the way, Gov. Quinn said today that he thinks “we’re moving the right direction” on some gaming reforms he’s demanding before Chicago can have a casino.
* And speaking of Gov. Quinn…
[Gov. Pat Quinn] was asked about his opponent Bruce Rauner’s contention that Indiana is thriving as a state, more so than Illinois.
“I don’t think anyone can compare to Illinois when it comes to investing in roads,” Quinn said. “We are the best. I think our businesses understand that in order to do business in the world economy you’ve got to have good transportation.”
Then Quinn slammed Illinois’ neighbor for how it dealt with brutal weather conditions over the past winter.
“With respect to Indiana, I saw that I-65 was closed down for a couple of days during the severe winter,” Quinn said. “We don’t close down roads in Illinois.”
* Umm. From a January 6, 2014 IDOT press release…
Dangerous Weather Force Road Closures Statewide; Motorists Still Urged to Stay Off Roads in Some Areas
Black Ice a Major Concern Due to Freezing Cold Temperatures
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that motorists should be mindful of dangerous road conditions and black ice on roadways in areas throughout Illinois. Motorists are also encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until roads are safe. For those who have to travel, check www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest road closures and road conditions. Currently, dozens of Illinois roads statewide are closed due to snow and ice. [Emphasis added.]